HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. Best before date March 30/2011 (coming up fast!)

A - clear copper ale with a small head that dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing behind

S - lots of grassy hops on the nose

T - lots of grassy hops but not overly bitter, a slight hint of citrus and all resolving with a balanced end thanks for some malt finesse with just a hint of enduring bitterness

M - very slight oiliness but overall very light with a bit of carbonation around the edges

D - very drinkable for any hophead; not overpowering, but pleasingly bitter

Overall a very solid IPA - should be a relative staple.

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Photo of jcw122
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance-A beautiful medium copper color, very appealing!

Smell-Hops

Taste-This is where this beer really shines. It's an IPA, so you obviously expect lots of hops. And you do get lots of hops, but it's VERY well balanced with maltiness and LOTS of flavor! The hops aren't overwhelming which I really like. The flavor is complex, but stay extremely drinkable. I had about 3 in a row, with little fatigue compared to other hoppier beers.

Mouthfeel-I've had this beer a few times. It comes off as less carbonated feeling than most beers.

Head-Good head, but like I said, it doesn't feel very carbonated, even with fairly aggressive pouring (I've had bottle too).

Overall-One of my absolute favorite beers right now. I brought some to a party for me and a friend to enjoy, and it was highly entertaining. Lots of character to this beer.

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Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Victory tulip. Haven't had this in years, but I loved it even before I got into "craft beer". Best by date of 6/21/11.

A - Pours a clear, dark copper with a creamy, off-white head that eventually settles down to a thick ring and slight haze.
S - Pine resin and spicy grapefruit hops dominate the aroma with some sweet caramel malt for a backbone. Very crisp and clean.
T - More spicy and earthy hop aromas of grapefruit and pine resin stand out, along with a rather generous helping of caramel malt. Definitely on the maltier side of the IPA spectrum, but that's always really made this brew stand out.
M - Very slick, with a medium body and medium-light carbonation. The mouthfeel works perfectly with this beer, which is odd since I usually appreciate a "crisper" feel in my IPAs.
O - Such a wonderful and unique example of an American IPA, I'm glad this is as good as I remember!

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Photo of Boitnott
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory brewing has not been readily available in areas that I have lived, so my experience has been limited. Lately I have been trying some more from them and they have been very good. I picked this one up at the local store and poured it into a DFH snifter. At a glance, it is a dark orange color with a small white head crowning its impressive contrast. The head dies rather quickly but a small amount lingers, and not much lacing is present. Upon smelling the beer, a rich scent of pine hops and a faint bit of citrus hops are present. Underneath these impressive notes is a slight rich amber malt smell, that balances rather well with the others.

Like most great beers, the smell mimics the taste well. The nose tastes mostly of the amber and pale malts, with a slight bit of citrus and mostly pine hops. These hops begin to take over in the finish and do not go away. This quality of lingering hop taste has come to be a determining factor in an IPA for me. I find myself missing it when other IPAs are lacking. The reminiscent hop taste after the beer is swallowed leads into the next sip, and thus accentuating the excellent bitterness.

Overall, it feels pleasant on the palate, and the carbonation is just enough to compliment the flavors and bring them out. Victory keeps impressing me, and those who enjoy that level of bitterness between IPAs and DIPAs will enjoy this a lot. It would also be a great transition to those who are timid to enter a world of bitter hops in well crafted American IPAs. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: copper/amber body, 1 finger head, slight patchy lacing

S: surprising sweet malt in harmony with big grassy/pine clean fresh aroma, mild lemon zest.

T: sweet malt, earthy pine middle into a big long bitter finish

M: medium body, slight sticky/oily on palate, good tongue prick

D/O: Once again, Victory delivers the goods.
Damn fine American IPA! Hop heads will love this; more on the malt, earthy/pine side of IPA's very little citrus from it.

I love kind's of beers, enough flavor to be a sipper, but not over the top ABV so you could have more than a few.

BOW DOWN TO THE HOP DEVIL!!

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Photo of Snow81
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish orange

Head: Nice white head and lace that sticks to the sides of my glass

Smell: Malty sweet citric hops

Taste: Very sweet dark citric floral notes going on grains mix in nicely

Weight: Light to medium body

Finish: Hop blanket the cheeks, malty sweetness is still present

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has been a go to IPA of mine for years, finally getting around to reviewing it!

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby amber with a one finger light tan head. Lacing is not very sticky but there is good retention on the head.

S - Hops with some kind of funky bitter aroma that is hard to identify as noted in other reviews. Noticeable caramel as well.

T - Sweet caramel up front followed by a good amount of bitter, earthy hops. Not very much fruit/citrus going on in this IPA, it is more of a bitter and floral IPA. Very well balanced nonetheless with a crisp, dry finish. Not as hoppy as I usually like in my IPAs, it is a bit darker and sweeter but I do really like it.

M - Just a tad undercarbonated but very smooth and crisp. Not too oily or sticky on the lips.

D - The alcohol is well hidden and it tastes like more of an English style pale ale than an American IPA. I could drink several.

Overall, probably not what you would expect if you have tried Victory's Hop Wallop. Still very enjoyable and worth getting in a sixer. Still, I found the hop profile to be rather underwhelming given that the beer is named HOP Devil. A bit misleading for what you actually get.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark orange amber in color. The carbonation is spot on with another half inch of head. Poured just right!

S - Aggressive hops with bitter pine and grapefruit. I get a mild malt but indeed it smells hop forward.

T - It quite good in fact. I do wish the malt profile was a bit stronger to balance the intense hop blast on my tongue but with a name like Hop devil it's indeed hoppy. Malt is there to balance and make it drinkable but it really wasn't too balanced still enjoyable.

M - Light to medium the bitterness was spot on.

Overall I liked this beer. I found it even more hop forward than my current favorite DIPA Mojo Risin. Well done victory!

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Photo of danielsonc
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glassware: Pint glass

Appearance: Orange amber color with a head that stuck around for little bit of time

Smell: The smell is chock full of hops but also with some other smell I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste: Definitely a good amount of hops along with some sweetness after swallowing, I can taste a little bit of raisin and some other sweetness.

Overall: A balanced beer with some good hoppy bitterness involved. The bitter overpowers the beer a little but still overall well balanced. Not too heavy. Nice IPA to sit back and watch tourny basketball

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Photo of JesteR14
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Fantastic color. Vibrant amber color with some nice small bubbles coming from the bottom of my Mellow Mushroom tumbler. Great two finger tan head that lasts a good while.

S- Hops with some other smells i cant figure out.

T- Good taste of bitter hops, with some kind of spice making this a complex IPA. Its strong and not for that faint of heart. (its called HOP DEVIL comonnn) hops hops hops, not my favorite hoppy IPA be defiantly pretty good. The malts in this beer balance it out making it not completely overpowering with the hops. Well done Victory..

M- Good mouth feel, the hops dont completely dry out my mouth, but i have a mild, fresh hop feel that lasts.

D- Its a strong IPA but pretty fairly decent on the drinkability.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle with a June 2011 'best by' date.

pours a deep-orange to copper color, slightly underwhelming carbonation and head retention. the aroma is a bit less than i expected. nice toasty malt, with some all-to-subtle hop notes.

taste follows the nose - somewhat uninspiring. the malt profile is quite assertive but still a nice tight finish; however, hops apparently don't do so well in hades, as the hop assertiveness is lacking for an IPA.

The mouthfeel is good - nice balance between the flavors, and this is certainly a beer you could work with all night.

bank on it - the more a brewery brags about hoppiness with a beer's name, the more underwhelming the actual hop profile will be.

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Photo of engagechad
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from total wine with a drink by june 2011 freshness date - poured into a dfh snifter.

Poured good with moderate head, poor lacing. Color is amber with decent carb. Smells very mildly of hops, I must say that for a beer called hop devil I expected more hops in the aroma. slight solvent aromas as well. Tasted okay with good bittering additions yet slightly unbalanced towards the bitter end. Usually I go for bitter IPAs but this had little to no aroma to go with it so it was a bit un-enjoyable. Was not a bad brew by any means, but I wouldn't purchase it again

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Photo of Rschis16
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly it's hard to find anything wrong with this beer. Looks great, being a deep orange color with a smallish nearly white head. Expected a larger head right out of the pour, but it leaves lacing on the glass without exorbinant head retention. Smells chock full of bold, full-flavored, resiny hops just assaulting the nose.

Taste follows suit and if your a hop head, you'll have a hard time not liking this one. It's meant to be super hoppy obviously, and it succeeds, but it also remains balanced throughout the whole taste and leaves behind a pleasant bitterness. Manages to feel creamy on the palate yet crisp in the finish.

The 6.7% ABV is hidden well, making this somewhat dangerously delicious. I'd be interested, purely out of curiousity, to see what would happen with just a tad more carbonation, although I think its pretty damn near perfect the way it is. For someone who loves a good hoppy beer, this is up there with the most solid of them all. And at a very reasonable price there's really a lot to love.

Superb beer.

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Photo of mdr4669
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber color with about of finger of head, with nice lacing.

Smell: Hoppy with floral and citrus notes.

Taste: Very well balanced the hops are countered with a sweet caramel taste.

MF: Light and sticky.

Drinkability: Lighter than expected and very well balanced. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Where else can you get a Victory Hopdevil Poured to you in a fresh plastic cup other than Reed's nightclub in Blue Bell, PA. I've had this beer many a times before but this review comes on the most recent indulgence at a local wateringhole/night club. The beer was a happy hour brew on draught poured into a plastic cup. Here the beer was a dark brown color with moderate. This beer was delicious as always. With German imported Malts this weights in at a 6.7% ABV. The first time I had this beer was at the Las Vegas Lounge in Philly. I was working as a File Clerk in Philly at the time and Victory was much less known in 2006. The beer still remains delicious and is still one of the best in the game. I'm not a huge hope head, but this beer breaks the mold and transcends all bounds for those that love extra hoppy and those that don't.

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Photo of ccm414
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clean golden amber. Only about a 1 finger head that does not seem to linger too long, but never fully disappears. The lacing it leaves is very good around the entire glass.

S- Very hoppy/piney scents. Some sweeter floral notes are also present with a little citrus. Not overpowering for an IPA, very balanced. I LOVE the scents this beer gives off, simply enjoyable.

T- The hops give off a great bitterness that is complimented with the sweet malt, much caramel noticed as well in the sweetness. It lingers with some spice flavor. This beer really does give a little something more with each taste, fantastic! The finish of this beer has a great bitterness, nothing that lingers really leaves a bad taste.

M- The carbonation is lightly tingling. More of a medium-to-light bodied beer here. Very pleasant.

D- I have become a fan of this from Victory. This a very drinkable IPA. Drinks like an 'all-purpose' IPA, but there's just more to this one. A good beer to frequently reach for.

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Photo of Lunch
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received a fresh growler of this from the brewery as a gift. Served in my Victory HopDevil imperial nonic glass.

Pours darker than many IPAs with a nut brown with some ruby hues.

Aroma is mainly malts with some nut notes and some grassy and earthy hops.

This certainly not a hoppy IPA, but the taste is nice and it is extremely drinkable. There is some slight bitterness and hints of earthy hops, but the malt shine through. This is a balanced IPA, but I prefer my IPAs to be unbalanced with a massive amount of hops.

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Photo of veinless
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appears a slightly hazy orange red, looking pretty much exactly like tree sap. Head is fluffy and a bit off-white, with below average retention and inconsistent lacing around the glass.

Smells tropical at first, with pineapple and mango coming to mind, and then leads to an overripe sticky fruit sugar smell. An herbal dry bitterness lurks in the background, and while it doesn't go particularly well with the tropical forefront, it is something different and nice nonetheless.

Taste changes gears a bit, as the front is quite a bit more bitter than expected, and is composed partially of citrusy rind. The malt stickiness detected in the nose doesn't really come out to play at all in this beer. The tropical flavors are very subdued on the tongue, and the herbal, leafy hop oils dominate overall. I don't particularly like the character of the herbal notes for the hops in this case, as I find them a bit harsh and unbalanced, but I can appreciate how well their specific taste has been brought out. I would have liked a bit more malt character from this though. It isn't so much a "too bitter" situation as it is an unpleasant bitter situation. Citrus comes out near the end again under the tongue, sour orange in particular, which is a nice saving grace. However, the utter lack of flavors behind the hoppy bitterness is a real letdown, as I was expecting so very much more.

Mouthfeel is very good, with the beer flowing easily and staying crisp and refreshing the whole way through. The drinkability is helped by the dry nature of the finish, but hurt by the lack of balance in the beer. Abv of 6.7% is respectable for the strength of flavors in the beer, but in this case I think those flavors just aren't compatible with my palate.

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Photo of diddyb
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12oz bottle from a case I picked up at Tanczos in Bethlehem. There was no bottled date, but it is clearly labeled on the bottle and the case to drink by 6/14/11. Opened with my trusty Homer Simpson bottle opener and poured into a pint glass.

A- Slight head with a very nice copper color. Small carbonation bubbles rise to the top throughout the duration of the drink

S- Citrus scent of hops and a hint of sweet malts

T- an abundance of flavors. Hop flavor throughout is balanced nicely with the sweetness from the malts. Surprisingly complex. I get a little something different from this each time I drink it

M- medium bodied and quite smooth

D- Solid overall. These always go down quite easily. I'd have no problem tossing back several of these at a time (trust me, I have).

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Photo of ILikeBeer13
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear, amber...not much action in it.

S - a bit resiny for me.

T - very crisp, some sharp hop flavors and a hint of pine. NO lingering aftertaste, which is OK by me.

M - Lighter on the tongue thane expected, perhaps a but flat.

D - I prefer a little more body and smoothness of my IPA, but certainly a better than average one. I would keep this is my fridge for an all-purpose beer.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark peach with one finger of foamy head that doesn't last too long, but there is some lacing left behind. Fist thing I notice is the graininess in the nose, along with some some dark sweet smells. The taste is heavier on the malt than hops, but this beer also has a nice bitter bite to it. For the heavy malt variety of IPA (as opposed to citrusy), this is excellent. The taste is better than the smell. Medium bodied, give me another.

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Photo of hattingc
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark copper appearance.

Not a strong smell but still nice.

You can really taste and enjoy the hops. They created a flavorful brew with some floral hops. It is very drinkable.

It has a great flavor for the style. Very easy to drink.

Had it in a glass...

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Photo of BennyL1
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as a single, poured into a NB globe. Enjoy by June 3 2011 printed on the bottle.

A - HopDevil pours a slightly cloudy but nice copper color with a very thin white head. Nice lacing is left along the glass as well. Looks are on par for the style.

S - Good amount of floral hop aromas on the nose. Good amount of malt in there balances the nose out nicely.

T - Right on for the style. A very nice balance of malt and hop that makes for a very pleasing beer. Hops are a bit on the piney side. A touch of bitterness from the hops at the end rounds out the beer.

M - Good amount of carbonation with a body on the medium side.

D - Overall a very solid take on the style by Victory. I would recommend this to other IPA fans.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: Golden Orange Red with 1 finger white head

Smell: citrus, hops, sweet malts,

Taste: piney, citrus, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp, bitter,

Drinkability: a very nice ipa. could definitely drink a few of these.

Cheers,

The CPJ

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Photo of legatovibrato24
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a unibroue snifter. Translucent amber in color with a fine, lacy head that lingers only to fade into a glass lacing fine layer. Smell is along the lines of dogfish head 60 minute. Citrusy and earthy hops almost smells like the air in an open field after a long steady rain.

First sip and initial impression is right in the ballpark of DFH 60 min. However similar the hop profile seems to dogfish head, there is a difference that pushes it over the top. At first it was hard to place, but about halfway through i figured it out. The HopDevil doesn't hold back, from the initial taste to the lingering finish, it's hops dominated, all the way.

While this is not a beer for those new to hoppy beers, it is one that any IPA lover should give a shot, especially if they enjoy the dogfish head and sierra nevada torpedo hop profiles.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,376 ratings.
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